Detox For Health

Detoxing for Health

Detoxing isn’t just all about following one of the many diet regimes on the market. An effective detox involves ridding the body of unwanted toxins. Each of us have an individual system unique to ourselves, so what suits one person may not be appropriate for another. A qualified practitioner can carry out an assessment to provide an appropriate regime taking into account individual factors that are essential to health.

A few of the main areas to consider are: digestive tract health, allergies and underlying medical conditions.

Exercise is an extremely important factor in successful detoxing. Regular exercising results in the substantial increase in levels of detox enzymes in the system. The form of exercise undertaken should be appropriate for each individual.

Some vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are good sources of compounds that induce the production of detox enzymes as well as boosting antioxidant activity.

Garlic, leeks and onions are also well known for their cleansing ability.

Dietary fibre is also important as it may help bind to toxins in the gastrointestinal tract and aid in their excretion.

Milk Thistle, Vitamin C, and selenium are useful supplements in aiding detoxification and liver support.

Green Tea has also been shown to be useful alternative to regular tea and coffee. It aids in the metabolism of toxins in the liver into inactive forms that are more easily excreted.

Seaweeds and alginates have also been shown to help draw toxins out of the system and prevent their absorption. Take care to buy these from a reputable source, as unfortunately not all waters are free from pollution.

Most individuals benefit from cutting down on the amount of bread and other carbohydrates consumed in the normal diet.

It is important to remember that when detoxing, some symptoms of toxicity such as mild headache or thirst develop to indicate that you are ridding the body of unwanted chemicals. These may be part of the withdrawal phase of the return to health phase.

Lymphatic drainage techniques, a form of osteopathic treatment to stimulate the spleen and general lymph system, can be introduced as part of the treatment strategy.

Remember the adage ‘y
ou may get worse before you get better’.

Please also get advice from a healthcare practitioner if you are planning to detox for the first time, or if you have any underlying condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure where special guidance is essential.